620 Loft & Garden: A Slice of Midtown Heaven

Sarah Ritchie NYC Insiders Tips

Last weekend I was happy and honored to participate in the marriage of Ming and Daniel. A super smart and interesting couple, they’d met in college a number of years ago. Daniel is originally from Sweden and enjoyed many guests from his mother land. Ming, an Asian American, welcomed her engaging and chic relatives from the West Coast. In addition …

A High Time…..on the High Line!

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, NYC Insiders Tips, Real Stories

  I have had the good fortune to work with people from all corners of that wonderful country—Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and beyond.  A few months ago, I was approached to officiate Tim and Nat’s wedding—They are from Tasmania!  Unfortunately, due to a mandatory business trip, I was unable to serve them.  However, my good friend and fellow Celebrant Marion …

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Sarah Ritchie NYC Insiders Tips

While Central Park is certainly the most popular garden location for New York weddings, but other boroughs have fantastic venues for your consideration.  Yesterday, I officiated a wedding at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.   This garden provides an economical option for   weddings with various size guest lists.  And, unlike most sections of Central Park, one may secure space, before the …

The Most Romantic City in the World!

Sarah Ritchie NYC Insiders Tips

An astounding number of couples from around America and all over the world find New York’s romantic lure irresistible….and they choose to marry in the Big Apple. For many of these brides and grooms, New York has hosted plentiful happy memories and is frequently the backdrop for a proposal of marriage.  So, where better to tie the knot?  Folks from …

Dotting the i’s and Crossing the t’s

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, NYC Insiders Tips, Your Ceremony

New York City has become a popular “destination wedding spot” for couples from abroad.  Over the years, I have worked with brides and grooms from many countries including Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Austria, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Mexico, and Brazil, among others.  I find that among these couples there is a good bit of confusion about the …

A Secret Garden for a Sweet Ceremony

Sarah Ritchie NYC Insiders Tips, Real Stories

For smaller or mid-sized weddings, restaurants may offer a perfect venue location, allowing for space for the ceremony and dinner reception.  Such was the case of a recently simple, but elegant ceremony, for Erin and David.  The bride and groom live in—and love—Brooklyn.  So when it came time to pick a location for their nuptials, they selected a local spot …

Belvedere Castle: Fit for a Royal Wedding

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, NYC Insiders Tips, Real Stories, Uncategorized

The Belvedere Castle, one of the grandest and oldest locations in the Park, was built in 1865–and it is a favorite wedding location of brides, young and old.  The Castle is located in the middle of the Park around Seventy-ninth Street.  Perched atop Vista Rock, this venue offers sweeping views of the Park, including the Delacorte Theatre, Turtle Pond and the …

The Casual, Romantic Elegance of the Roxbury Barn

Sarah Ritchie NYC Insiders Tips

For some couples, a glitzy venue in New York City isn’t their ideal location for a wedding ceremony.  Rather, they look forward to a ceremony and celebration that is enveloped by the natural beauty of the Empire state.  For, once you leave the five boroughs of the Big Apple, there are extraordinary choices for wedding locations including the beaches of the …

Caught on Film

Sarah Ritchie NYC Insiders Tips, NYC Wedding Pros, Real Stories

In my experience, couples consider the selection of a wedding photographer to be among the most important decisions to be made during the wedding planning.  Likewise, brides and grooms will often commence the engagement period with a photo shoot of casual and artistically interesting keepsake photos.  Often these shots are used as decorative objects at the wedding.  However, it is …